Skaraborgs Regemente (armoured)
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Skaraborgs Regemente Armoured
Skaraborg Regiment
Skaraborgs regemente
Skaraborgs regemente vapen.svg
Active1942-1997, 2000-present
Country Sweden
AllegianceSwedish Armed Forces
BranchSwedish Army
SizeRegiment (3 active battalions, 3 reserve battalions)
Part ofIII. Milo (1942-1966)
Milo V (1966-1993)
Milo S (1993-1997)
OPIL (2000-2005)
SAFHQ (2005-present)
Motto(s)Arvet förpliktar[1]
("The heritage obligates")
ColoursBlack and yellow[2]
March"Geschwindmarsch" (Herrman)[3]
Battle honoursVarberg (1565), Narva (1581), Lützen (1632), Leipzig (1642), Warsaw (1656), Lund (1676), Landskrona (1677), Malatitze (1708)
Branch insigniaAM.005037.jpg
Unit insigniaAM.090983 P 4 (2).jpg
Shoulder sleeve insigniaMILI.009830.jpg

The Skaraborg Regiment (Swedish: Skaraborgs regemente), designation P 4, is a Swedish Army armoured regiment that traces its origins back to the 16th century. It was converted from an infantry regiment in 1942. The regiment's soldiers were originally recruited from Skaraborg County, and it is currently garrisoned in Skövde, in former Skaraborg County.


The regiment was converted from the infantry regiment Skaraborg Regiment in 1942 and was given the name Skaraborg Armoured Regiment. The regiment was given the designation P 4 (4th Armoured Regiment) and was garrisoned in Skövde. It changed name to Skaraborg Regiment in 1963, and in 1974, the regiment gained the new designation P 4/Fo 35 as a consequence of a merge with the local defence district Fo 35. For a short time in the 1990s, the unit was then merged with the wartime organised Skaraborg Brigade, designation MekB 9. In accordance with that year's Defence Act, the unit was reorganised once again in 2000, and was designated P 4 once again. Its name was also changed back to Skaraborg Regiment.


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In peacetime Skaraborg Regiment trains conscripts for the Swedish wartime organisation. Skaraborg Regiment trains armoured troops and use the Swedish modified Leopard 2A5 IS, Strv 122, and vehicles from the CV90 family. The peacetime organisation trains one battalion per year with around 600 troops. The main garrison is situated in Skövde in Västergötland and most of the training grounds can be found around Skövde, the regiment also has a smaller detachment in Kvarn in Östergötland where its Grenadier Company is trained.

  • Skaraborg Regiment
    • 2nd Brigade Staff
    • 41st Mechanized Battalion
      • Staff and Support Company, 2x Tank Companies Strv 122, 2x Mechanized Companies CV90, Logistic Company
    • 42nd Mechanized Battalion
      • Staff and Support Company, 2x Tank Companies Strv 122, 2x Mechanized Companies CV90, Logistic Company
    • Gotland Battle Group
      • Staff and Support Company, Tank Company Strv 122, Mechanized Company CV90, Logistic Company
    • 1st Heavy Transport Company
    • 2nd Brigade Reconnaissance Company
  • Bohusdal Group, which trains the 40th Home Guard Battalion (Light infantry)
  • Skaraborg Group, which trains the 38th, and 39th Home Guard battalions (Light infantry)

Training Companies in peacetime:

  • Skaraborg Regiment
    • Life Company: training staff and support companies, and engineer platoons of the 41st and 42nd mechanized battalions
    • Skånings kompani: training mechanized infantry companies of the 41st and 42nd mechanized battalions
    • Wilska Company: training mechanized infantry companies of the 41st and 42nd mechanized battalions
    • Wartofta Company: training tank companies of the 41st and 42nd mechanized battalions, and Gotland Battle Group
    • Grenadier Company: training brigade reconnaissance company
    • Kåkind Company: basic training
    • Wadsbo Company: training logistics companies of the 41st and 42nd mechanized battalions, and the 1st Heavy Transport Company

Other vehicles used by the regiment: TGB 11, 13 & 20, Bv 206.

Heraldry and traditions

Colours, standards and guidons

When the regiment was reorganized into an armoured unit, the colour from the time as an infantry unit was kept. The colour was of the 1844 model, and had been presented on 24 June 1858 by Crown Prince Carl Ludvig Eugen (later Charles XV), then in the form of two battalion colours. The colour originally had only two battle honours, Lützen (1632) and Malatitze (1708). After further investigations, the regiment was admitted in 1929 on the colour of the 2nd Battalion, to add six battle honours; Varberg (1565), Narva (1581), Leipzig (1642), Warsaw (1656), Lund (1676) and Landskrona (1677). Until 1994, the regimental colour was the oldest in use when it was replaced by a new colour.[4][5] The new colour was presented to the regiment at the regimental barracks in Skövde by His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf on 22 September 1995.[6] The colour is drawn by Ingrid Lamby and embroidered by machine in insertion technique by Maj-Britt Salander/company Blå Kusten. Blazon: "On a cloth bended sinister in black and yellow the provincial badge of Västergötland; a double-tailed rampant lion counterchanged, armed red, between two white estoiles in the black field. On a yellow border at the upper side of the colour, battle honours in black."[6]

Coat of arms

The coat of the arms of the Skaraborg Regiment (P 4/Fo 35) 1977-1994, the Skaraborg Brigade (PB 9/MekB 9) 1994-2000 and Skaraborg Regiment (P 4) since 2000. Blazon: "The provincial badge of Västergötland, per bend sinister sable and or charged with a double-tailed lion rampant counterchanged, armed and langued gules between two estoiles argent in the first field. The shield surmounted two arms in fess, embowed and vambraced, the hands holding swords in saltire, or".[7] The coat of arms of the Skaraborg Regiment (P 4/Fo 35) 1994-2000 and the Skaraborg Group (Skaraborgsgruppen) since 2000. Blazon: "The provincial badge of Västergötland, per bend sinister sable and or charged with a double-tailed lion rampant counter-changed, armed and langued gules between two estoiles argent in the first field. The shield surmounted two swords in saltire, or".[7]


In 1942, the Kungl. Skaraborgs regementes (P 4) förtjänstmedalj ("Royal Skaraborg Regiment (P 4) Medal of Merit") in gold (SkarabregGM) was established.[8] When the Skaraborg Brigade was disbanded in 2000, the Skaraborgs regementes och Skaraborgsbrigadens (MekB 9) förtjänstmedalj ("Skaraborg Regiment and Skaraborg Brigade (MekB 9) Medal of Merit") in gold and silver (SkarabregbrigGM/SM) of the 8th size was established in 1999. The medal ribbon is divided in black and yellow moiré with a white stripe on the middle followed on both sides by a red stripe.[9]


The regimental march is "Geschwindmarsch" by C A Herrmann and it was adopted in the 19th century. It was first played during Gustav IV Adolf's reign. The oldest preserved score is from 1833.[2] It was established as regimental march in 1953 by Army Order 33/1953. The march was used by the Skaraborg Brigade the years 1994-2000, and since 2000 by Skaraborg Group (Skaraborgsgruppen).[3]

The regimental motto, Arvet förpliktar ("The heritage obligates"), originates from Västgöta Regiment (I 6) and was adopted in 1981 by the then regimental commander colonel Norderup in connection with the 350-year anniversary of the Skaraborg Regiment.[1]

Since 1 January 1928, the regiment are continuing the traditions of Västgöta Regiment (I 6). The traditions of Bohuslän Regiment (I 17) is continued by the Bohus Battalion (40th Home Guard Battalion) in the Bohusdal Group (Bohusdalgruppen).[10]

Commanding officers

Regimental commanders active from when the regiment was organized as an armored unit.[11] For regimental commanders before 1942, see Skaraborg Regiment (infantry). For the years 1998-2000, see Skaraborg Regiment and Skaraborg Brigade.

  • 1942-1946: Birger Pontén
  • 1946-1948: Nils Björk
  • 1949-1954: Per Arvid Christian Ahlgren
  • 1954-1966: Hans Waldemar Malmgren
  • 1966-1967: Hugo Cederschiöld
  • 1967-1968: Gustaf Peyron
  • 1968-1976: Per Anton Björkman
  • 1976-1980: Per-Gunnar Brissman
  • 1980-1984: Carl-Gösta Norderup
  • 1984-1987: Bror Gustaf Arne Lindblom
  • 1987-1992: Lars Jerker Löfberg
  • 1992-1993: Alf Sandqvist
  • 1993-1995: Björn Anderson
  • 1995-1997: Arne Hedman
  • 1998-2000: See Skaraborg Regiment and Skaraborg Brigade
  • 2000-2004: Anders Lindberg
  • 2004-2007: Håkan Swedin
  • 2007-2012: Ronald Månsson
  • 2012-2017: Fredrik Ståhlberg[note 1]
  • 2017-20xx: Bengt Alexandersson[note 2]

Names, designations and locations

Name Translation From To
Kungl Skaraborgs pansarregemente Royal Skaraborg Armoured Regiment 1942-10-01 - 1963-03-30
Kungl Skaraborgs regemente Royal Skaraborg Regiment 1963-04-01 - 1974-12-31
Skaraborgs regemente Skaraborg Regiment 1975-01-01 - 1997-12-31
Skaraborgs regemente Skaraborg Regiment[14] 2000-07-01 -
Designation From To
P 4 1942-10-01 - 1974-06-30
P 4/Fo 35 1974-07-01 - 1997-12-31
P 4 2000-07-01 -
Location From To
Skövde Garrison 1942-10-01 -

See also


  1. ^ From 2013 also commander of Military Region West
  2. ^ During 2017 also commander of Military Region West. Alexandersson took command on 1 April 2017, with an appointment until 30 June 2022.[12][13]



  1. ^ a b Handbok: parad 6: traditionsvård 2017, p. 49
  2. ^ a b Catoni 1992, p. 8
  3. ^ a b Sandberg 2007, p. 39
  4. ^ Kjellander 1992, p. 262
  5. ^ Braunstein 2003, pp. 157-160
  6. ^ a b Braunstein 2004, pp. 50-51
  7. ^ a b Braunstein 2006, pp. 29-30
  8. ^ "SkarabregGM". (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Braunstein 2007, p. 106
  10. ^ Försvarets traditioner i framtiden med översiktlig historik från 1500-talet (PDF) (in Swedish). Statens försvarshistoriska museer TradN. 2015. p. 21. ISBN 9789197859554. SELIBR 17552963.
  11. ^ Kjellander 2003, p. 300
  12. ^ Dahlberg, Jessica (31 March 2017). "Ny chef vid Skaraborgs regemente och Militärregion Väst" (in Swedish). Swedish Armed Forces. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "PÅ NY POST" (PDF). Försvarets forum: personaltidning för fast anställda och reservofficerare i svenska försvarsmakten (in Swedish). Stockholm: Försvarets forum (6): 8. 2017. SELIBR 4109339. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ Grafisk profil 2013, p. 64



Further reading

  • Bensow, Einar (1931). Kungl. Skaraborgs regementes historia. 1, Fänikor och regementen i Västergötland 1543-1631 (in Swedish). Göteborg. SELIBR 8221417.
  • Bensow, Einar (1944). Kungl. Skaraborgs regementes historia. 2, Från Breitenfeld till Fredrikshald : 1631-1718 (in Swedish). Göteborg. SELIBR 8221418.
  • Bensow, Einar (1956). Kungl. Skaraborgs regementes historia. 3, Från Karl XII:s död till regementets omorganisation 1942 (in Swedish). [Skövde]: [K. Skarab. pansarreg.] SELIBR 8221419.

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